Jan. 20 (Bloomberg) -- To Scott Walker, Wisconsin’s newly
elected Republican governor, public employees are the haves and
taxpayers the have-nots. Halfway across the U.S., Jerry Brown,
California’s Democratic governor, wants unpaid days off for some
state workers to cut labor costs.
Facing attacks from deficit-slashing officials on both ends
of the political spectrum, government employees are fighting
back. In Ohio, hundreds held a candlelight vigil in Cincinnati
Jan. 14 to protest Republican Governor John Kasich’s plan to bar
state health and child-care workers from joining labor groups.
Nationally, the American Federation of State, County and
Municipal Employees plans rallies, phone banks and lobbying at
about a dozen legislatures to counter what unions call an
assault on recession-weary working people.